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 Designer Steve McCarthy Paddy’s Day special edition Jameson


Leah Kilcullen writes:

Every year Jameson celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by commissioning an artist to create a piece of original art for its limited edition bottle. This year Jameson is proud to be working with Steve McCarthy, a Dublin based designer and illustrator. His style is bold, colourful and inspired by the humour and wit of the people that he has been around all his life….

To wit:


Leah continues:

In 1492, in Dublin, ‘Black James’ Butler and his men found themselves barricaded behind the door of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. On the other side was Gearóid Fitzgerald who, tired of the constant fighting between the clans, decided it was time to make peace.

Fitzgerald ordered his men to cut a hole in the door before extending his hand through the gap as a token of friendship. Rather than cut his arm off with a sword, Butler shook it and the long standing feud came to an end, giving Dublin one of its most famous sayings – ‘to chance your arm’.

In Steve’s design he has brought the ‘chance your arm’ story to life via two outstretched hands exchanging a handshake, which is framed by the St Patrick’s Cathedral door of reconciliation.



Design legends Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut this year became co-instructors of Yale School of Management’s first design course, and in keeping with the times, have begun a new podcast to accompany the course, making interviews and guest lectures from the course available to the public.

Looking at the intersection between design, creativity and business, the podcast, monikered The Design of Business/The Business of Design, will interview creative people from all over the spectrum on design, with the idea of widening students’ and new designers’ frame of reference.

The Design of Business/The Business of Design


An ongoing dispute between LA-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen and Spanish clothing company Zara, which initially peremptorily rejected claims that its stores had blatantly plagiarised four of Bassen’s designs. 

Zara has since removed the items from sale and are ‘ in contact with Bassen’s lawyers to clarify and resolve the situation as quickly as possible’

Zara’s Owner Responds To Artist’s Copy Claims (Vogue)

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The redoubtable 95 year old Al Jaffee describes how he became the ‘Father of Fold-Ins’ – MAD Magazine’s trademark back cover feature.

MORE: Al Jaffee, the Longest Working Cartoonist in History, Shows How He Invented the Iconic “Folds-Ins” for Mad Magazine (Open Culture)


The 1947 Berkeley Library at TCD, by Ahrends Burton and Koralek.

Frank McDonald tweets:

The Brutalist style takes many forms. Here’s my pic to prove it …


Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran,

Nasir-Al-Molk’s mosque in Shiraz,Iran Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan,Iran Sheikh-Lotfollah’s mosque in Esfahan, IranSheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan, IranThe intricately honeycombed ceilings of Iranian mosques, photographed by Instagrammer Mehrdad Rasoulifard.

Above: (pix1,2) Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom; Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan; Nasir-Al-Molk’s mosque in Shiraz and (pix 4,5,6) Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan.


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An historical montage of Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft featuring all the major designs from the very successful traditional jet shaped Harrier to the very daft flying saucer-looking Avrocar.